Ms. Megan Reed
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: University of Arizona, Tucson
Host Institution in India: Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, Rajasthan  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Megan Reed completed her B.A. in international studies with a focus on development in India at the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2012. Her senior thesis, titled “Meeting the Educational Needs of Seasonal Migrant Children: An Analysis of Educational Programs at Brick Kilns in India,” was the culmination of field research she conducted in Rajasthan and Gujarat during her junior year while participating in a development-based study abroad program. During that year abroad she also interned for seven months with a grassroots labor rights advocacy organization where she was first exposed to seasonal distress migration. Ms. Reed has also worked with refugee resettlement organizations in Phoenix, Arizona and at the Washington, D.C. headquarters. At the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona, she worked on a project to examine the exchange relationship between college students and resettled refugees in Tucson. She was also active on campus in Model United Nations, Mock Trial and the Honors College, and she earned Phi Beta Kappa membership and the Dean’s Award for Excellence by the Honors College. Megan speaks Spanish and basic Hindi. Her research interests include human migration and the challenge that distress migration poses to designing effective development projects.

Ms. Reed’s Fulbright research project, “Tracking the Impact of Migration on Education,” will examine how the recent increase in seasonal migration affects families in rural Rajasthan. Focusing on how migration changes family dynamics, rural socio-economic structures and the educational system, her research will be based on field data collected in villages. The aim is to identify effective strategies of helping migrant families, who often fall into a trap of circular migration seeking jobs in seasonal industries in other parts of the country, and to address the specific needs of migrant children